Originally Posted by Ettepet
Just ordered 2 SM60F's through Scott. He will be on a trip the coming days, hopefully this doesn't delay things too much.
Congratulations and welcome to this growing Danley family of "extreme listeners"! I counted at least half a dozen guys in this thread who are getting ready to join this group of "enlightened pure sound lovers".
I believe by now readers of this thread should have come to the conclusion that the Danleys are very special speakers which are vastly different than most of the audiophile speakers out there. Most of these emphasize the ability to "throw" a large soundstage beyond the cabinet boundaries; audiophiles further "enhance" this spaciousness with various sound diffusing products. The end result are larger than life sound reproduction from all sources and many find this pleasing. With the Danleys, because of their unique design, they are on the direct opposite in terms of interacting with the existing room acoustics. In stead of depending on the room to "create" this sense of false spaciousness by bouncing the sound around, the Danleys affect the room acoustics (which usually are much less than ideal unless one has a purpose-built sound room) so much less. As a result they are much more faithful in "re-creating" what's originally on the recording as intended by the recording engineer and producer. I personally find this type of reproduction more satisfying.
I really don't see any risk in getting these "PA" speakers without auditioning. What you will get is a true sonic marvel designed and perfected by someone who IS an audiophile who grew up in the era of theater horn speakers (Voice of the Theater), so knows what effortlessly powerful sound is. On the other hand he had once owned/designed large electrostatics so he also knows what transparency, imaging and soundstaging are. Now combining the quality of these apparently different sonic virtues and you get the breakthrough synergy horn design. What more can one asks for?!
After half a year, every time when I listen to my Danleys I'm still blown away by the experience. Today I just did another marathon listening session, totally immersed in the kind of sonic experience that I wish every music lover can have. I played one of my favorite piece of symphonic music, Scheherazade, conducted by Maestro Stokowski/London Symphony Orchestra, on Cala reissue. The famous 1964 London "Phase 4 Stereo" sound came alive SO brilliantly that I was totally glued to my listening chair without even daring to breathe too deeply (just like sitting in a live symphony concert) for the whole 45 minute!
As soon as the music began, my mind was immediately transported to the famous Kingsway Hall, the soundstage is HUGE and totally dominated my room, the room totally disappeared! All the instruments are seemingly on steroids, the aural perspective is up-front, at-the-podium (as intended by the then state-of-the-art recording technique), soloists stand out like under bright spot light (again due to close mic technique). I have NEVER heard this piece of music came alive like this before! Rimsky-Korsakov's powerful, lyrical melodies washed me over wave after wave with the seductive sound of the violin soloist, the woodwinds answering each other, and the sudden interruptions by the blaring bite of the brass section, the growling sound from the celli and double basses, the explosive clash of the cymbals, the powerful score expends and contracts and for the whole duration of the music, I was in the mind-alert/body-asleep state of sensory bliss! I stayed totally still after the music ended, I wanted to linger in that state of mind a little longer. Then I opened my eyes and said to myself "now THAT is what hi fi is all about!" It is visceral and emotional, it allows the music to speak to your soul, it transports you to the musical event!
Playing another version of Scheherazade in this marathon listening session, now a modern Reference Recording HDCD lead by Jose Serebrier (who as a young man, worked closely with Stokowski) with London Symphony Orchestra, the sound is VERY different from the previously described "Phase 4 Stereo" sound. Now the huge up-front, on-the-podium, under spot-light presentation is replaced with the best-seat-in-the-house perspective. One hears a huge and deep soundstage (much deeper than the Phase 4 recording) with much more "air" of the recording venue. Music is rendered in an incredibly transparent and powerful way, less visceral but no less in its ability to elicit deep emotion. This is as intended by the famed "professor" Keith Johnson who is considered one the very best recording engineers in the world. In each case I believe the Danleys are able to recreate exactly what the recording engineers and producers wanted to capture in the recording.